Repair work set to begin at Cos Cob School
GREENWICH — Reconstruction work at Cos Cob School could begin as early as next Monday, now that a contractor has been chosen to make repairs after a flood damaged and closed part of the building last month, officials said Thursday.
The Greenwich Public Schools administration is working with Wernert Construction Management and various town departments to expedite the contract and insurance approval processes so the work can begin as soon as possible, according to a statement released Thursday afternoon.
Wernert has been working with the district and building administrators to select materials for the finishing and millwork components of the project, such as molding, trim, flooring and wall paneling.
A water leak caused by a broken faucet in the second floor art room primarily caused damage on the first floor at Cos Cob School. That damage was found in the cabinetry, ceiling tiles and drywall, carpet and vinyl flooring, as well as walls, which had to be opened up to prevent mold from growing.
As a precaution, school officials also decided to take out more sheet rock and ceiling tiles in classrooms to make sure all the damaged areas are removed.
Cos Cob School was closed for a week after the leak. Since then, first- and second-graders have been using classrooms at Old Greenwich School and the kindergartners are at Parkway School. Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 are using classrooms on the third floor of Cos Cob.
If the district can finalize the contract and Wernert can begin working by Monday, officials say they intend to have reconstruction, inspections and approvals completed in time for students to return to Cos Cob School after the December recess.
Staff removed carpeting and bookshelves, damaged by the leak, from the Cos Cob Media Center.